The Ganton Stakes (Saturday 2.55) is a Listed Race run over 1 mile at York and, despite its proximity to Royal Ascot in the racing calendar, it has been won by quality horses like Tullius and Mutakayyef.
Winners have been drawn in stalls 1, 2 and 5, with 3 winners drawn in stall 5
Winners have been aged 3, 4 and 5
Winners have carried 8-10, 9-7 or 9-10, with 3 carrying 9-7
Only one winners had won last time out
No trainer, jockey or horse has won 2 renewals
SPs have ranged from 8/13 to 7/1, though 4 were returned at 3/1 or less
Admirable 8-year-old who has already won a Group 3 this season. However, disappointed last time at Epsom, and is both older than ideal, and must carry more weight than any previous winner. Draw in stall 5 a positive, but it may not be enough.
Last won in April 2015, and 12lb and upwards to find with 6 of his rivals.
Has plenty of form that suggests he could be a factor, but his record of 2 places from 8 runs at York is hardly compelling, and he was only fifth last year.
Danny Tudhope rides him in preference to the stable’s Custom Cut, and it’s easy to see why on the form of his two runs at York. On the first of those he beat last year’s winner Mutakayyef, whilst he was second to the high-class Time Test in the other.
High-class handicapper who won last year’s Cambridgeshire, but was only fourth behind Firmament on his one start at York.
Impressed on first 5 starts, with 4 wins and a second to Ribchester. Disappointed when sent-off favourite for a Group 2 after that, and again when only 10th here on reappearance, but looks capable of a bold show if he’s found his form since then.
No successes at this distance so far, and unlikely to change that as he has plenty to find on official ratings.
Improving sort who posted a decent performance over course and distance on similar ground last time. Has 11lb to find with the top-rated horse, but that’s not insurmountable if he continues his upward curve.
Beat two potentially useful rivals last time, and is now 2 from 2 at a mile. No Ryan Moore onboard this time though, and drawn slightly wider than ideal in stall-7.
Won a class 4 maiden and a class 4 handicap this season on the all-weather, and he’s hard to gauge stepped-up to Listed Class on turf for the first time. Quite a bit to find on official figures though.
Custom Cut, Spark Plug, Emell, Gabrial and Mondialiste are all older than previous winners, though the latter is respected on the form of his two previous runs here. Meanwhile, Thikriyyat and Khafoo Shemimi have wider than ideal draws. Therefore, it may be worth taking a chance on the improving Golden Stunner, who looks well-drawn in stall 2 for a front-runner, and is proven over course and distance.
Golden Stunner Each-Way @ 7/1 with Bet365